It’s great to see the bulletin being published again–thanks Brother Owens!! When you email information for the bulletin, you may copy webmastermainestategrangeorg (webmastermainestategrangeorg) so we can publish your news and information on the website. Note that unless otherwise instructed, your submitted news will be posted immediately unless otherwise instructed.
I will also copy and paste news articles and officer/director columns from the bulletin when I receive it… I will not, however, copy and paste events. One reason for this is the website requires complete information for events including the address of your Grange and a contact “for more information.” Please remember our website is for the public; not just Grange members. We should not assume everyone knows everything about our Granges and events and strive to present the Grange in a positive light!
Also, as a reminder, the bulletin has a longer lead time because of printing, mailing, and meeting schedules. The current bulletin includes this instruction: Please send in news and dates for the calendar if you would like it included in the newsletter. Keep in mind that dates for your Grange should include details such as the time of the event. News to be included in the next edition should be received at State Grange by June 20. News can be mailed to The Maine State Grange, 146 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330 or sent by e-mail to mainestategrangemyfairpointnet (mainestategrangemyfairpointnet) .
Since the next bulletin will be the August edition, you’ll be submitting events taking place in August, not July. Those of us involved in communication and publicity often beg for longer range planning. My rule of thumb is this: if you want an event adequately promoted and publicized, the details need to be complete at least six weeks before the event takes place. The bulletin actually follows that pattern. August events need to be submitted by June 20!
While the website requires much less lead time, you really should be submitting events at least six weeks before they are scheduled. The advantage the site offers is the ability for news and information to be available almost immediately. (While I try to post what is submitted every day, sometimes my schedule doesn’t allow for that–remember this is a volunteer effort!)